Football and culture

WSCWhen Saturday Comes describes itself as “the half decent football magazine” but it is always a more-than-decent read. In the May issue of WSC there’s an article about Ostersunds, a club that has gone from the fourth division to the Swedish premier division in five years. Culture is part of their training and, in the last few years, the players have acted in a play, produced a book and danced. The dance show included a version of Swan Lake and a dance interpretation of Diego Maradona’s second goal in the 1986 World Cup quarter-final.

Ostersunds’ CEO is quoted as saying, “We use cultural expressions with a purpose, to win more football games” and the club’s rapid promotion seems to indicate it is working. So I am wondering if it would work for Birmingham City. Even if it didn’t get us into the Premier League, I’d pay money to see Paul Robinson doing ballet dancing and dance interpretions of some of Birmingham City’s most memorable goals.

Following the article on Ostersunds, there’s one on Egypt, which mentions Alex McLeish saying that it would take him some time to get used to the culture and style of football there. His club, Zamalak, changes managers frequently so he won’t have too much time to make the adjustment.

It has taken me far too long to adjust my Cheat Sheet to include Kyle Lafferty but I’ve done it now.